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State genealogy conference coming to Hays

HAYS — Registration is open now through June 1 for the 42nd Annual KCGS Genealogy conference, hosted by the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies and co-hosted by the Ellis County Historical Society.
Everyone who is interested in digging deeper into their genealogy and family history will be interested in this year’s conference, which will be held June 11, in Hays.
This year’s conference speaker, Annette Burke Lyttle, owner of Heritage Detective, is a nationally known researcher and speaker with extensive experience helping others trace and record their family history. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and several local and regional genealogical societies. Lyttle’s research experience and involvement in local societies provide the real-life scenarios from which her instruction flows. With degrees in journalism and English, she loves helping people uncover and share their family stories.
The first session, “What is Social History & Why Should a Genealogist Care?” explains how the history of ordinary people and how they lived their lives can open doors to understanding our ancestors as people in their world.
The second session, “A Path To Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines,” will show how to organize timelines to evaluate evidence, analyze research for accuracy, and identify next steps.
Other sessions include “Use Lots More Apples: Vintage Cookbooks As Genealogical Resources” and “Prospecting For Family In Unexpected Places.” The final session, Turn Family History Into Stories You Can Share, provides valuable help using two simple principles to get you started writing your family stories in a way that is meaningful and captivating to others.
This year’s conference addresses several important issues that family researchers face regularly. Registration by June 1 is encouraged, which includes a catered lunch and conference syllabus on June 11. For more information and to print a registration form, visit or write KCGS, P.O. Box 3858, Topeka KS 66604, or stop by the Ellis County Historical Museum, 100 W 7th St. in Hays.